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Iconic schemes to run at Darlington

Thursday, August 27, 2015

DARLINGTON, S.C. – The Southern 500 will have a familiar feel, and not just because the race has returned to Labor Day weekend. Most of the grid for Sprint Cup’s next race on Sept. 6 will have throwback paint schemes on their cars, recalling the days when greats like David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt dominated the track “Too Tough To Tame.” At the last Southern 500 in April …

Bowyer holds head high to cling to final Chase berth

Monday, August 24, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – All of the crew members who work on Clint Bowyer’s team know they’ll be out of a job in 12 more races. Like everyone else at Michael Waltrip Racing, they face an uncertain future in NASCAR following this week’s announcement that the organization will close at the end of the …

Michael Waltrip Racing releases Bowyer from contract, will race part-time in 2016

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Michael Waltrip’s rocky nine-year effort to build a successful race team was on the verge of collapse Wednesday as the organization said it will not run any cars full-time next season and released Clint Bowyer from his contract to pursue a new job for 2016. The decisions are the fallout from co-owner Rob …

After Brickyard dud, NASCAR has to head back to the drawing board

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Run, NASCAR, don’t walk, back to the drawing board to figure out how to liven up racing. The rules package used for the Brickyard 400 was a failure no matter how the race is dissected. The …

Carl Edwards takes Brickyard 400 pole, with Tony Stewart fourth

Sunday, July 26, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Carl Edwards will be on the pole for the Brickyard 400, where passing could be at a premium Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Edwards turned a lap at 183.484 mph Saturday to move to the top …

NASCAR Notebook: Racing hopes for another home run as new packages get second test at Brickyard

Friday, July 24, 2015

The first experiment worked. Now we’ll see if the second one is just as big a hit. At one of auto racing’s sacred grounds, no less. The Sprint Cup heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400, …

Heavy rains and sprint car race give Eldora tight turnaround

Monday, July 20, 2015

ROSSBURG, Ohio – As the sun came up over Eldora Speedway, track general manager Roger Slack carefully debated a contract with the head of the World Racing Group. Heavy rains had wreaked havoc on the schedule for the …

Late charge puts Kyle Busch in Victory Lane once again

Sunday, July 19, 2015

LOUDON – Kyle Busch thought his shot at a second straight win was over when he pitted from fourth to fix a potential loose wheel with 57 laps left during Sunday’s 5-hour ENERGY 301 at New Hampshire Motor …

Earnhardt still itching for a New Hampshire win

Sunday, July 19, 2015

LOUDON – Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth in Sunday’s 5-hour Energy 301. He sounded like he finished 35th. “I’m more concerned that we didn’t have speed,” the Hendrick Motorsports driver said. “We ran fifth, but I didn’t like …

A look at who’s in line to make the Chase

Sunday, July 19, 2015

4 wins Jimmie Johnson (646 points) 3 wins Kyle Busch* (247) 2 wins Kevin Harvick (734), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (655), Kurt Busch (576) 1 win Joey Logano (665), Martin Truex Jr. (628), Brad Keselowski (603), Matt Kenseth (578), Denny Hamlin (552), Carl Edwards (487) Top 16 on points …

NHMS delivers; you just had to wait

Sunday, July 19, 2015

LOUDON – For 200 laps, it felt as if those new aerodynamic packages that everyone in the NASCAR world has been raving about couldn’t make their way down Route 106 and into New Hampshire Motor Speedway fast enough. …

Ray Duckler: Furor over the Confederate flag comes to NASCAR

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Race cars backfire now and then. So does public relations strategy. I saw it, felt it and lived it Saturday along Route 106, near New Hampshire Motor Speedway, home of Sunday’s 5-Hour Energy 301. NASCAR, the governing body …

25 years at Loudon – NHMS becomes a New England racing gem

Saturday, July 18, 2015

It was a little less than 26 years ago that the construction started on the small road course in Loudon right alongside Route 106. Out of humble origins of dirt, tractors and backhoes grew grand visions in Bob …

Irrelevance something new for Stewart

Saturday, July 18, 2015

LOUDON – It’s been a rough year for Tony Stewart, a weekly struggle in which nothing goes right before the race and nothing goes right during it. That in itself isn’t the shock; Stewart hasn’t finished higher than …

Hamlin an unpopular winner in Xfinity race at NHMS

Saturday, July 18, 2015

LOUDON – Denny Hamlin didn’t make many friends during Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But after racing his way to his first victory at the Magic Mile and second Xfinity Series win this season, …